TOME RAIDER: Change We Can Believe In

Each week, WW writer John Minervini brings you the latest in book reviews, author Q&A's and Portland literary gossip. Click here to join the Tome Raider mailing list. In all likelihood, damas y caballeros, we have our next president. According to public opinion websites like Rasmussen and Gallup, Sen. Barack Obama has led Sen. John McCain in national presidential polls by between 5 and ...   More
Sunday, October 26, 2008 JOHN MINERVINI

Nobody Works Anymore: Shame! Obama Campaign Foiled By Lazy Willamette Week Web Editor

BREAKING NEWS FROM THE FUTURE! On Friday, Nov. 7, CNNBC revealed that the McCain/Palin ticket triumphed thanks to the single goddamn uncast vote of WW's very own web editor, Ian Gillingham , as seen in the video below: What's really going on? In the spirit of the Bush Doctrine , has developed a preemptive shaming tool that creates a custom fake news video , headlining the name ...   More
Friday, October 24, 2008 Tony Piff

Ralph Nader to Speak at Bagdad Theater Tonight

Oregon may not be a battleground state this year, but it turns out Portland will receive a presidential candidate before Election Day. Independent candidate Ralph Nader is in Oregon today—one of the 45 states where he'll appear on the ballot—and will stop by the Rose City tonight. He'll appear at the Bagdad Theater & Pub, where he'll host a press conference and rally, slated to ...   More
Monday, October 20, 2008 Katie Gilbert

The Gray Lady Sings: NY Times Weighs In On the Obama Presidency

In a night of thrilling upheaval, I've seen very little beautiful writing (the great speech excepted), but I think this statement from the beleaguered New York Times counts: This is one of those moments in history when it is worth pausing to reflect on the basic facts: An American with the name Barack Hussein Obama, the son of a white woman and a black man he barely knew, raised by his grandparents ...   More
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 AARON MESH

Honk If You Love Obama! The Sights and Sounds of Election Night, 08

Years from now, I will still remember the honking. Last night, Portland exploded with a passion it hasn't seen since the Blazers took the championship. Everywhere you looked people were partying—hard! Perhaps nowhere more so than at Willamette Week and the Oregon's Bus Project's Election Night bash at Grand Central Bowl. That party was packed. And why not? It featured Rick Emerson , Storm ...   More
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 Byron Beck


Last night, President-elect Barack Obama nodded to Sam Cooke in his speech to supporters after clinching the election: It's been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America. [youtube Jll5baCAaQU] Given that we ran videos of music to vote by last week, it seems a fine idea to channel a little Sam Cooke ...   More
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 Richard Meeker

Sarah Palin: Gone but not Forgotten

For those of you who already miss Sarah Palin, wait no longer. The failed vice-presidential candidate turns out to be a gift that keeps on giving to journalists, with new revelations including: • Palin didn't know Africa was a continent. • She asked to make her own concession speech on election night. • She leaned on staffers to put thousands of dollars of additional ...   More
Thursday, November 6, 2008 JAMES PITKIN

UPDATE: PUPPIES ARE AWAKE! Electing the First Puppy (PLUS Addictive Puppy-Cam)

[Scroll to the bottom for live puppy-cam action!] Amid the host of historic statements made during President-elect Barack Obama's acceptance speech last night, one sentence rang out above the rest: "I love you both more than you can imagine," Obama told his daughters, Sasha and Malia. "You have earned the new puppy that's coming with us to the White House." Which, of ...   More
Thursday, November 6, 2008 KELLY CLARKE

Yee-hah! Jessica Simpson Counts Calories Rather Than Votes at Portland Steakhouse on Election Night.

While the rest of Portland was hooping and hollering on the streets of Portland, the latest queen of country music (and the former pop star wife of Nick Lachey) Jessica Simpson sashayed her way into to downtown Portland on election night. First off, the on-off girlfriend of Dallas Cowboy Quarterback Tony Romo made a quick stop at KUPL where she talked about how much she hated tabloid-frenzied ...   More
Thursday, November 6, 2008 Byron Beck

Hide Your Children: Phil Busse is Back in Portland

Hot news from the Minnesota desk... Minneapolis City Pages reporter (and former WW contributor) Bradley Campbell has been doggedly following the unfolding saga of Phil Busse, Yard Sign Thief, ever since the Huffington Post revelations that dragged Busse unwillingly back into the public eye and cost him a visiting professorship at St. Olaf College. Campbell's post-election report contains some ...   More
Thursday, November 13, 2008 AARON MESH


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